62 M'sians weep for joy upon reaching Nepal's Annapurna Base Camp


POKHARA: Sixty-two Malaysians, comprising mainly media practitioners and Fire and Rescue Department officers and personnel, reached the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) in the Himalayas, in Nepal, on Sunday.

The feat earned the group a spot in the Malaysia Book of Records for the largest number of Malaysians to reach the ABC.

The first Malaysian participant reached the ABC, which is 4,130 metres above sea level, at 11.20am local time after starting off from Deurali Camp at 7.30am, while the rest of the group arrived safely at 2pm in snowy conditions.

A snowstorm and slippery trek, compounded by below-freezing temperatures along the way yesterday did not dampen the spirit of the participants of the Annapura Challenge 2017.

Many participants were overwhelmed by their achievement and wept for joy upon reaching the camp. They proudly unfurled a 6x12-metre Jalur Gemilang which weighs 11kg and sang ''Negaraku'' and ''Jalur Gemilang''.

Expedition leader, Fazli Ahmad, said the achievement is something to be proud of considering that the participants are of different ages and from diverse working backgrounds.

"When we first planned this expedition eight months ago, some of the committee members and participants doubted their abilities.

"But we accomplished the mission, albeit with team cooperation, in the four-day trek covering 41 kilometres," he said today.

The team, comprising 31 media practitioners, 21 Fire and Rescue officers and personnel, five Health Ministry representatives and five youth representatives began the expedition on Thursday. -- BERNAMA